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List of notable or famous bassists from England, with bios and photos, including the top bassists born in England and even some popular bassists who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English bassists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These bassists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known bassist from England is included when available.

People on this list include Paul McCartney and Ronnie Wood.

This historic bassists from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English bassists of note?" and "Who are the most famous bassists from England?" These prominent bassists of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English bassists.

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Adam Clayton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Adam Clayton age 58 Adam Charles Clayton is an English-born Irish musician best known as the bassist of the rock band U2. He has resided in County Dublin since the time his family moved to Malahide when he was five ...more

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Adrian Lambert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Adrian Lambert age 45 Adrian Lambert is an English bassist and songwriter who currently plays for thrash metal band Biomechanical and progressive rock band Son of Science. Lambert also played bass in power metal band ...more

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Adrian Shaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Adrian Shaw age 71 Adrian Shaw, frequently known as Ade Shaw, is a musician primarily working in the psychedelic field. He has a long history dating back to the 1960s working with such acts as Hawkwind, Country ...more

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Alan Davey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Alan Davey age 54 Alan Davey is an English musician, best known as the former bassist with Hawkwind. He is now the bass player and vocalist for Gunslinger as well as Meads of Asphodel, Thunor, briefly with the ...more

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Alex James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Alex James age 49 Steven Alexander "Alex" James is an English musician and songwriter, as well as a journalist and cheesemaker. Best known as the bassist of the band Blur, he has also played with ...more

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Andy McCluskey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Andy McCluskey age 58 George Andrew "Andy" McCluskey is an English musician, songwriter and record producer who is regarded as a pioneer of electronic music in the United Kingdom. McCluskey is widely ...more

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Andy Warren is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Andy Warren age 60 Andrew Warren is an English bassist. He was originally in the band Adam and the Ants, but left in 1979 to join former bandmates Bid and Lester Square in The Monochrome Set. Since 2004, he has ...more

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Barry Guy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Barry Guy age 70 Barry John Guy is a British composer and double bass player. His range of interests encompasses early music, contemporary composition, jazz and improvisation, and he has worked with a wide ...more

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Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Bill Wyman age 81 Bill Wyman is an English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer best known as the bassist for the English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993. Since 1997, he has ...more

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Boz Burrell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Boz Burrell Died at 60 (1946-2006) Raymond "Boz" Burrell was an English musician. Originally a vocalist and guitarist, Burrell is best known for his bass playing and work with the bands King Crimson and Bad Company. He ...more

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Bruce Foxton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Bruce Foxton age 62 Bruce Foxton is an English singer, musician, and composer. With Paul Weller, and Rick Buckler he gained worldwide fame as a member of The Jam, one of the most popular and influential acts in the ...more

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Chas Chandler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Chas Chandler Died at 58 (1938-1996) Bryan James "Chas" Chandler was an English musician, record producer and manager, best known as the original bassist in the Animals, and manager of Jimi Hendrix. Chandler grew up, ...more

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Chris Dreja is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Chris Dreja age 72 Chris Dreja is a musician, best known for playing rhythm guitar and bass in the British band, The Yardbirds.

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Chris Edwards is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Chris Edwards age 37 Christopher "Dibs" David Edwards is an English musician, best known as the bassist for rock band Kasabian.

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Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Chris Squire age 70 Christopher Russell Edward "Chris" Squire is an English musician, songwriter and singer, best known as the bass guitarist and backing vocalist for the progressive rock group Yes. He is ...more

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Chris White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Chris White age 75 Christopher Taylor "Chris" White is a former bass guitarist and songwriter of the 1960s rock group The Zombies. White was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire and brought up in Markyate where ...more

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Chris Wolstenholme is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Chris Wolstenholme age 39 Christopher Tony "Chris" Wolstenholme, is an English musician, multi-instrumentalist and the bassist, backing vocalist and vocalist for the English rock band Muse. Wolstenholme also ...more

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Cliff Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Cliff Williams age 68 Clifford "Cliff" Williams is an English musician who has been a member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC as their bassist and backing vocalist since mid-1977. He had started his ...more

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Colin Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Colin Greenwood age 48 Colin Charles Greenwood, is an English musician, composer, and the bassist for the rock band Radiohead. Apart from bass, Colin plays keyboards and synthesizers and works on sampling on the ...more

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Dave Brock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Dave Brock age 76 David Anthony "Dave" Brock is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He plays electric guitar, synthesizer, bass and oscillators. He is best known as being one of the founders and ...more

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Dee Murray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Dee Murray Died at 46 (1946-1992) Dee Murray was an English bass guitarist, best known as a member of Elton John's band.

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Dougie Poynter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Dougie Poynter age 30 Dougie Lee Poynter is an English singer, musician, songwriter and the bassist and youngest member of pop rock band McFly. He also won the eleventh series of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! ...more

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Gary Jarman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Gary Jarman age 37 Gary John Jarman is a British multi-instrumentalist, best known for being bassist and singer in the Wakefield music group The Cribs. The band consists of his twin brother Ryan and his younger ...more

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Gary Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Gary Tibbs age 60 Gary Tibbs is a bass guitarist and actor, who appeared in the film Breaking Glass, alongside Hazel O'Connor. Tibbs was born in Northwood, London. He was a member of Adam and the Ants, and is ...more

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Gavin Bryars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Gavin Bryars age 75 Richard Gavin Bryars is an English composer and double bassist. He has been active in, or has produced works in, a variety of styles of music, including jazz, free improvisation, minimalism, ...more

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Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Geezer Butler age 68 Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He has also ...more

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Glen Matlock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Glen Matlock age 61 Glen Matlock is an English musician best known for being the bass guitarist in the original line-up of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols. He is credited as a co-author on 10 of the 12 songs on ...more

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Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Glenn Hughes age 66 Glenn Hughes is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known for playing bass and performing vocals for rock pioneers Trapeze, the Mk. III and IV line-ups of Deep Purple and briefly fronting ...more

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Graham Maby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Graham Maby age 65 Graham Maby, is a bass guitar player. He has recorded and toured with Joe Jackson since his first album, appearing on most of Jackson's albums and tours. He has continued to record and tour with ...more

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Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Greg Lake age 70 Gregory Stuart "Greg" Lake is an English musician, songwriter, and producer. He was a singer and bassist for King Crimson, and the bassist, guitarist, singer, and lyricist for Emerson,

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Greg Ridley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Greg Ridley Died at 56 (1947-2003) Alfred Gregory 'Greg' Ridley was one of the more visible rock bassists in England, and a founding member of the successful rock band Humble Pie. As a teenager he became part of British rock ...more

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Harvey Bainbridge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Harvey Bainbridge age 68 Harvey Frederick Bainbridge is an English bass and keyboard player. He is best known as the bass player and keyboard player in Hawkwind. He initially joined Hawkwind members Dave Brock and ...more

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Herbie Flowers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Herbie Flowers age 79 Herbie Flowers is an English musician specialising in bass guitar, double-bass and tuba. He is noted as a member of Blue Mink, T. Rex and Sky and as one of Britain's best-known session ...more

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Hugh Hopper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Hugh Hopper Died at 64 (1945-2009) Hugh Colin Hopper was a British progressive rock and jazz fusion bass guitarist. He was a prominent member of the Canterbury scene, as a member of Soft Machine and various other related bands.

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Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Ian Fraser Kilmister age 72 Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister is an English rock musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, principal songwriter and the founding and sole constant member of the rock and ...more

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Ian Hill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Ian Hill age 67 Ian Frank Hill is a founding member and bassist for the Birmingham-based Grammy award winning heavy metal band, Judas Priest. His only three songwriter credits for Judas Priest are ...more

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James Dale is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Bassists from England
James Dale James Dale is a singer and musician.

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James Stelfox is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Bassists from England
James Stelfox age 42 James Paul Stelfox is an English musician, best known as the bassist for Starsailor. Stelfox produced Kingsway's debut EP with John Kettle.

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Jean-Jacques Burnel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Jean-Jacques Burnel age 66 Jean-Jacques "JJ" Burnel, is a Franco-English musician, producer and songwriter, best known as the bass guitarist with the British rock band The Stranglers.

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Jesse Quin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Jesse Quin age 36 Jesse Joseph Quin is an English multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer best known as the bass player of the British rock band Keane.

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Jet Harris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Jet Harris Died at 72 (1939-2011) Terence Harris MBE, known as Jet Harris, was an English musician. He was the bass guitarist of the Shadows until April 1962, and had subsequent success as a soloist and as a duo with the drummer ...more

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John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Bassists from England
John Deacon age 66 John Richard Deacon is a retired English musician, best known as the bassist for the rock band Queen. Of the four members of the band, he was the last to join and also the youngest, being only ...more

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John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Bassists from England
John Entwistle Died at 58 (1944-2002) John Alec Entwistle was an English musician, songwriter, singer, film and music producer, who was best known as the bass guitarist for English rock band The Who. He was the only member of the ...more

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John Hassall is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Bassists from England
John Hassall age 37 John Cory Hassall is an English musician and bassist for The Libertines. He now performs with his own band, Yeti. He has been described by Dirty Pretty Things bassist Didz Hammond as "...a ...more

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John Lodge is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Bassists from England
John Lodge age 72 British musician, best known as bassist of the Moody Blues.

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John McVie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Bassists from England
John McVie age 72 John Graham "Mac" McVie is a British bass guitarist best known as a member of rock groups John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Fleetwood Mac. His surname, combined with that of Mick ...more

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John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Bassists from England
John Paul Jones age 72 John Baldwin, better known by his stage name John Paul Jones, is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer. Best known as the bassist, keyboardist, and ...more

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John Power is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Bassists from England
John Power age 50 John Timothy Power is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Power achieved commercial success as the bass guitarist and secondary vocalist for the La's from 1986 to 1991, and later as the ...more

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John Rostill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Bassists from England
John Rostill Died at 31 (1942-1973) John Rostill was a bassist, musician and songwriter.

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Kevin Mooney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Kevin Mooney age 55 Kevin Paul Mooney is an English rock bassist and guitarist who has worked with Adam Ant, Sinéad O'Connor, and others.